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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Nov 8, 2010 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The coolest thing about Furthur!

For me the coolest thing about Furthur at Red Rocks was the woman who was stationed at stage right in the front. She had a green spotlight on her and she would sign the music for the hearing impaired. During the instrumental bits she would use hand gestures and body language to convey the music. She jammed!! I don't know how long they have had her doing this, but it was very cool to watch her. Kudos to whomever came up with that idea.
Does anyone know anything else about her?

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 8, 2010 6:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

Oh no . The coolest thing about Furthur is the signing lady ?
;-)

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Nov 9, 2010 6:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

doesn't say much for the band if that's the coolest thing.

This post was modified by RBNW....new and improved! on 2010-11-09 14:25:34

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Poster: buscameby Date: Nov 8, 2010 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

Hey PG!

I chatted with her before the shows and at break since she was right in front of me, Saturday and Sunday. Really cool chick!

She had sheet music to follow the words and seemed to know the music really well, I did see a signer at the March shows in Broomfield too, can't remember if it was the same lady(to HIGH-LOL).

I saw this a couple of times at GD shows in the later days too, the band seemed to support it.

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Poster: Left Hand Monkey Date: Nov 8, 2010 12:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

I tried talking with her, but I couldn't get a finger in edgewise.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 8, 2010 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

In such poor taste - perhaps why I laughed.

http://www.jokechallenge.com/keller.html

I do think it's cool Further has this, but why don't they just put the words on the big screen as they run off the teleprompter?

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Nov 8, 2010 2:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

Because it is much cooler than following the bouncing ball. Seriously though, it is fun to watch her and it adds some flavor to the show.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 8, 2010 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

I do think it's kind of cool - and I don't recall seeing it at any other "rock" shows, although have seen it before it at classical performances.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Nov 8, 2010 4:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

Because they tried that with Bobby, and it didn't work.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Nov 8, 2010 5:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

My grandfather tried to teach Helen Keller how to drive. He worked with her every day for six months, but she she still couldn't drive.

Why?
She was a woman.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Nov 8, 2010 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

My understanding is that she works for the band full time.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Nov 9, 2010 12:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

"Oh no . The coolest thing about Furthur is the signing lady ?"

hahahaha

I don't know who they are currently using, but the woman that did signing on the big Dead tour last year is an old friend of mine, and I have some perspective on the how and why they do it and all that. She usually always signs when DSO comes to town (I tried pressing her for setlist information once or twice before the show, but she's sworn to secrecy), and she's worked with some other local outfits. I don't think she's doing the Furthur tour, though.

Some years back there was an article someone did about the "Deafheads" that I got from her, I think she was featured in it. Can't remember, it's been years. But it's really interesting how they fit into the whole scene. Over the years I've had the occasion to befriend a couple Deafheads, they would come out to a lot of the local GD tribute shows like DSO and such, as well as some of the local bar band GD tributes. They really enjoy feeling the music, I knew one guy who liked to sit on the edge of the stage and lean up on the monitors. Between the vibrations of the music and the people dancing, they seem to really have an understanding of the music that us hearing folks could probably never understand. It always fascinated me.

For a while both myself and a deafhead were fixtures at the weekly house gig for a local GD tribute, he would really enjoy himself but would often ask me what song they were doing a lot of the time. This same band would put on festivals where they hired my friend and some of her associates to do signing for them, that's how I met her, through that whole scene. It really seemed to help the hearing impaired appreciate the music more when they knew what song it was and what vocals were being sung. And from the signer's perspective, they really enjoy being able to "sign" the long improvisational segments, they're essentially getting paid to dance, gotta love that job.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Nov 9, 2010 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The coolest thing about Furthur!

I don't know why a "hearing impaired " person would go to a concert ( and pay for a ticket, arrange transportation, etc.) , the whole thing sounds like the kind of thing that would be mocked on Fox News, as liberal foolishness and It does seems a little silly to me...
But if it helps a few people, is fun to watch, and gives someone a gig , great. Thumbs up .